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Finghin Collins was born in Dublin and studied with John O’Conor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and with Dominique Merlet at the Geneva Conservatoire. He established his international reputation by winning the 1999 Clara Haskil International Piano Competition. Since then he has performed with leading orchestras such as the Chicago, City of Birmingham and Houston Symphony orchestras, the Seoul, London, Rotterdam and Royal Philharmonic orchestras, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Northern Sinfonia, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Gulbenkian Orchestra. He has collaborated with conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Myung-Whun Chung, Hans Graf, Emmanuel Krivine, Sakari Oramo, Heinrich Schiff, Vassily Sinaisky, Leonard Slatkin and Frans Bruggen. Last season he completed his three-year tenure as Associate Artist of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, rounding off his cycle of the complete Mozart and Beethoven piano concertos. His new double CD recording for the RTE lyric fm label of Mozart piano concertos with the RTE NSO was also released in May 2013.


 In June 2013 he made his début in the London Pianoforte Series at the Wigmore Hall in London while in August he appears[at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. Engagements in the 2013/14 season include appearances with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra and the Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau.


 His recordings of Schumann’s piano music for Claves Records in Switzerland have received widespread acclaim, including Editor’s Choice in Gramophone magazine in 2006. His more recent recording for Claves of works by Stanford with the RTE NSO has also been very well received, and was Editor’s Choice in May 2011.

Finghin Collins has been Artistic Director of the New Ross Piano Festival since its inception in 2006, and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Dublin International Piano Competition. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Concert Hall (2001 - 2006),  Musician-in-Residence in South Dublin County Council (2005 - 2008) and Artist-in-Residence in Waterford Institute of Technology (2005 - 2009).


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